CONTEST: Sycamore Review’s 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction/Poetry

    More info at: http://www.sycamorereview.com/contest/ 2013 WABASH PRIZE FOR NONFICTION Final Judge: Cheryl Strayed First Prize: $1000 and publication in the Winter/Spring 2014 issue GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS Submission Deadline: October 22, 2013 1. For each submission, send one nonfiction piece (limit 7,500 words). 2. A $15 reading fee (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a […]

In-Progress Review: Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”

I’m probably a third of the way into Amy Krouse Rosenthal‘s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. I don’t know what, exactly, I expected – the title has “encyclopedia” right there in it, and at the beginning, for crying out loud – but the first few pages bummed me out. It is LITERALLY an encyclopedia of […]

From Laura Wexler’s “An Interview with Patricia Hampl”

This quote appears in The AWP Chronicle (now The Writer’s Chronicle), March/April 1998 issue. On autobiography vs. memoir: “A memoir .. takes on the narrative and formal demands of a novel: How to draw the reader forward? How to establish theme through incident and portraiture? What holds it all together, and what keeps it all […]

Week One, or: This Is Not a Creative Title

What a week! (Okay, and plus a half or so.) Wouldn’t you know, the gentleman and I adopted cats. We’re a regular Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song. Anyhow, look at these girls, like either of us could’ve resisted: My goodness, but they are playful. All. The. Time. Liddy’s almost a year and a half […]

Book review: Mary Karr’s “The Liars’ Club”

Before picking up The Liars’ Club, I read Mary Karr‘s 2000 publication, Cherry, based on a recommendation from a professor of mine after she read my Master’s thesis. So, I did things a little backwards; The Liars’ Club was released in 1995 and centers around Karr’s childhood in Texas – growing up with alcoholic parents with special attention paid to […]